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Arctic conditions make cleaning waste a challenge

Members of the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation, 611th Civil Engineer Squadron, and U.S. Navy Supervisor of Salvage and Diving set up the rope mop skimmer during an Arctic oil spill response exercise Feb. 4. A trench is dug a certain depth in the ice and holes are drilled to allow the oil/product to rise up into the trench to be collected. The skimmer rotates through the trench collecting the oil and sends it to a holding tank. The units participated in the exercise to learn Arctic spill response tactics and techniques. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. John Gordinier)

PHOTO BY: Tech. Sgt. John Gordinier
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